By Eugean Choi ’21
Daniele Ellingson recently joined the middle school community as a science teacher. She has been teaching for eight years at three different schools: UCLA, Markham Middle School and Alliance College Ready Middle Academy #8, making this her ninth year of teaching.
“I was teaching for about five years at UCLA, mostly freshman classes in history and science, and then after that I taught for one year in LAUSD and then two years at the charter school,” Ellingson said.
Ellingson has said that the Middle School is a new change for her since it is different than most of the schools that she has taught at.
“I was really happy at my last school, but I felt that I just needed a change, and the opportunity to work here just came my way, and I wanted to work at the best school I possibly could,” Ellingson said.
Ellingson attended UCLA for undergraduate and graduate school, majoring in physiological science and History of Science, she then taught at UCLA for five years. Ellingson said that her favorite subject in school was science, which may have resulted in her being a science teacher.
“I was kind of a very studious nerd; I liked all my classes. I enjoyed science a lot, I guess that would be my favorite class,” Ellingson said.
Ellingson said that she enjoys doing many activities during her free time.
“I like hanging out with my husband and my dog. We go hiking and kind of being a tourist in Los Angeles. I’m from here, but just to see things I haven’t seen: different museums and different neighborhoods. So kind of exploring Los Angeles,” Ellingson said.
Ellingson’s students said that they enjoy her class and that she is a great teacher.
They have also said that although this is her first year at this school, she is able to keep up with the pace at the school.
“Mrs. Ellingson is a really nice teacher, and she really spends time with us to help us understand the material,” biology student Kylie Azzizadeh ’21 said.